Doris Day, Angela Lansbury most deserving of honorary Oscars [Poll results]

We are just a week or two away from when the Board of Governors of the motion picture academy will decide who will be receiving honorary Oscars this year. 


The selection process is fairly straightforward. Board members put forth suggestions, with each of the top choices then voted on individually. Honorees must receive support from at least half of those on the board. The usual limit is three honorees. For a fourth person to be named, he or she needs to garner two-thirds of the votes.

We asked who you thought was most overdue to be added to this honor roll and you responded in the hundreds. (For those who haven’t voted, the poll is at the bottom of this post.)

Your overwhelming choices were Doris Day and Angela Lansbury, both of whom contended for Academy Awards during their lengthy film careers. Each had their advocates in our fourms where this topic is being hotly debated. Have your say here

allaboutOscars enthuses:

All signs now lead to Doris Day and I think she has decided to be lauded and accept this honorary Oscar! Bravo. One of the great movie stars of the 50’s and 60’s with a long career in music and TV as well.  #1 at box office for most of the last 1/2 of the 50’s , many #1 songs and songs sung by her that are Oscar-winning tunes, a fine actress who excelled in comedy but occasionally had a triumph in the drama category (“Midnight Lace,” “Love Me or Leave Me”).

And Will makes an equally impressive case:

Angela Lansbury is one of the greatest actresses of her time and one of the last remaining  active links to the Golden Age of Hollywood. Fifty films, three Oscar nominations over a seventy-year career. She will be 87 years old in October. I can’t think of a more deserving candidate. As for her not being a movie star or not having a significant film career, this shouldn’t even been an argument against her candidacy after they awarded Eli Wallach and her current “The Best Man” co-star James Earl Jones.

Since the academy shifted these honorary kudos from the telecast to a separate non-televised ceremony three years ago, they have feted 11 people. 

In 2009, honorary Oscars went to actress Lauren Bacall, cinematographer Gordon Willis and producer Roger Corman while studio executive John Calley received the Thalberg Award.

In 2010, honorary Oscars were bestowed on actor Eli Wallach, filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard and film historian Kevin Brownlow while Francis Ford Coppola was given the Thalberg.

Last year, honorary Oscars were awarded to actor James Earl Jones and makeup pioneer Dick Smith while TV personaility Oprah Winfrey was given the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

29 thoughts on “Doris Day, Angela Lansbury most deserving of honorary Oscars [Poll results]

  1. Doris Day was a triple threat … great actress, singer and dancer. She shone in dramas, comedies, musicals – you name it, and she’s most deserving! How she got overlooked for “Love Me or Leave Me” and “The Man Who Knew Too Much” was a crime. It’s time t

  2. For sure Doris Day….still the #1 box office female actress of all time. She deserves this so much. I have watched all her movies and have them all too. She has been overlooked way too long.

  3. Give one to the legendary Angela Lansbury, please! Great talent, 3 Oscar nominations, 50 films, 70 years career – she’s more than deserving!

  4. It as to be Doris Day great singer, dancer, comedienne and also a wonderful dramatic actress as she proved in “Love Me Or Leave Me” and” Storm Warning”. I am surprised it as taken so long.

  5. Although there are some outstanding candidates max von sydow debbie reynolds donald sutherland and angela landsbury it has to be the GREAT DORIS DAY.

  6. Because people were so easily stereotyped and pigeon-holed into “types” during the 40’s, 50’s and beginning of the 60’s it was difficult for many, including those in the entertainment industry, to “see” Doris Day. The full range of her real and substantia

  7. The fact that Doris Day has not been honored with a lifetime achievement award is just beyond unbelievable to me–Good Lord!. I can think of few stars that have contributed so much to the sliver screen and the music world. Debbie Reynolds should be next.

  8. Angela Lansbury should have won in 1962 for one of the greatest film performances ever in The Manchurian Candidate. She gave a lot of other wonderful film performances in her amazing career and is way overdue for an Honorary Oscar.

  9. It has got to be Doris – she has been so overlooked !!! She topped the female world wide favourite actress 5 or 6 times, maybe more – a record that still remains intact. A great ”all rounder” whose talent needs to be recognised. by the academy. Still i

  10. I truly hope that you would pick the wonderful, delightful Doris. She has such talent. She can still sing beautifully as she demonstrates in her current CD

  11. Even the AFI list of top 25 actresses of all times ignores the amazing talent of Doris Day. She was the top box office actress for years-how can they continue to ignore her both at the AFI and Academy! Could it be bitterness that once she retired she ac

  12. tually stayed retired and turned her back on Hollywood. She has devoted herself instead to animal rights. That shouldn’t negate all of her wonderful film work.

  13. Doris Day is an actress, dancer, singer of importance in American culture. To this day she is well loved by many from around the world..In addtion to her many talents she has devoted her life to the well being of animals. If Doris is not comfortable with

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